THIS DAY IN ROCK

October 13th: The Who, Janis Joplin, Allman Brothers Band, Genesis and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1963: The Beatles headline the British TV show Sunday Night At The London Palladium, which is broadcast to 15 million viewers. The chaos resulting from the reaction to the band's performance leads to the coining of the term "Beatlemania."

1965: The Who recorded 'My Generation', at Pye studios, London. When released as a single it reached No.2 on the UK chart, held off the No.1 position by The Seekers 'The Carnival Is Over'. Roger Daltrey would later say that he stuttered the lyrics to try to fit them to the music. The BBC initially refused to play the song because it did not want to offend people who stutter.

1965: Recording at Abbey Road studios for the album Rubber Soul, The Beatles begin and completed 'Drive My Car' in four takes plus overdubs.

1970: Janis Joplin's ashes were scattered at Stinson Beach in Marin County, California. The singer had been found dead on the floor beside her bed at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood California on October 4th. The official cause of death was an overdose of heroin, possibly combined with the effects of alcohol.

1973: The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Goats Head Soup' the group's fourth US No.1.

1973: 'Ramblin' Man' by the Allman Brothers Band peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.

1973: Selling England By The Pound by Genesis is released.

1974: TV host Ed Sullivan died. Leader of the Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra. Introduced The Beatles and other UK acts to America via his Ed Sullivan TV show, from New York City, which ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, on CBS every Sunday night at 8pm. The Beatles appearance on February 9th, 1964 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion in music. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers.

1975: Neil Young underwent an operation at a Los Angeles hospital to remove an object from his vocal cords.

1984: U2 scored their second UK No.1 album with 'The Unforgettable Fire.' The album was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and featured the single 'Pride (In The Name Of Love').

1986: Neil Young's first Bridge School benefit concert takes place. It features performances from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tom Petty, Nils Lofgren, and Robin Williams.

1987: David Bowie played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California on the North American leg of The Glass Spider Tour.

1994: Eagles singer-guitarist Glenn Frey is released from a Los Angeles hospital after undergoing surgery for diverticulitis. The operation caused the band to postpone their first tour in over 14 years.

1994: Yoko Ono donates items from her personal collection of John Lennon memorabilia to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum in Cleveland.

2008: In a video message on his website, Ringo Starr announced that he no longer has time to sign autographs and asked fans not to send him any mail at all. "No more fan mail and no objects to be signed. Nothing." After finishing a tour of the US and Canada, he was dividing his time between Los Angeles, the South of France and his UK home in Surrey.


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